If you’re sewing more these days to keep busy, or if personal or commercial repairs or alterations are part of your regular routine, you likely have favourite places to find materials and equipment on the North Island.
But with the impact of COVID-19, dropping in to your local sewing shop and browsing for fabric or maybe even a new machine can be challenging.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way, however, says Danielle Weaver co-owner of Island Sewing, a popular shop in the heart of Campbell River’s Willow Point. While the store is currently open for pick-ups and drop-offs only, they continue to supply sewers and crafters with a wide variety of fabric, notions, machines and more through their easy-to-navigate website.
“People can order online and we continue to ship our orders out every Monday and Thursday,” Weaver says. “Plus, if it’s easier for you to pick up your order or if you need it sooner, we can arrange for curbside-style pickup in the front of the store.”
Danielle and the Island Sewing team are also exploring more ways to stay connected – some new and some familiar:
Sharing news and tips with you weekly – Danielle enjoys sharing her love for sewing, quilting and embroidery, along with information about new products. Watch for her weekly video presentation on the Island Sewing Facebook page, where you’ll learn about the latest specials and new items, with a link to those products in the online catalogue. You can also sign up there for private machine lessons, or book sewing machine repair times. And watch Facebook for news soon about ways to practise social distancing by taking part in video conference sewing workshops!
Machine servicing and sales ongoing – If your machine of any make or model needs servicing, including long arms and industrial models, email firstname.lastname@example.org to reach Island Sewing quickly and let them know the details, Danielle says. To reduce personal contact, an area has been set up at the front of the store for drop-offs and pick-ups.
If you’ve made your choice of new machine online, from brand names such as Brother, Babylock, Janome and Elna – consumer and industrial models are available – it can either be shipped to the store or directly to your home.
Great deals available online – If you love a bargain, you’ll find some interesting options on fabric, thread, machines, accessories and more in the Island Sewing clearance items section. You’ll find some of the best prices on the Island here and under the Shop Online category, giving you great savings!
Remember, shipping is free for orders over $75. Danielle gives kudos to her staff and the store’s “amazing customers” who are helping keep things going. For more information, visit islandsew.ca.